The wind whips the long, dry stalks as a lone figure cuts through them, headed for an abandoned playground. Harry begins the movie a loner, the guilt of Cedric’s death from the end of the last movie weighs on him.
This is where I started perking up because I was most interested in seeing how the kind of broody dickhead Harry from the books was going to translate. I’m happy to say that Yates captures his torment, his feeling of isolation and his fear of losing those closest to him without making me dislike the character, which Rowling came very close to making me do in the fifth book.
For the first 5 minutes of the movie, we’re treated to a completely non-magical world, so when the Dementors pop up, there is a real feeling of invasion. These things shouldn’t be here and since they bring cold and dark with them, it makes the perfect transition to the magic world again.
Another thing that Yates brought to the movie was a sense of naturalism with all the main leads. Emma Watson is beautiful, of course, and this time she doesn’t talk with her eye-brows. When she’s with Ron and Harry, they feel like genuine mates.
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